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during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Monday, July 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

DNC offers apology to Bernie Sanders for 'inexcusable remarks'


The Democratic National Committee has issued an apology to Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and his supporters for the "inexcusable remarks" made in leaked DNC emails. 

Debbie Wasserman Shultz, the ousted chair of the Democratic National Committee, resigned Sunday afternoon following the controversial email leak. 

Wasserman Schultz did not gavel in the convention after being booed at a Florida delegation breakfast Monday morning. 

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake kicked off the convention in her place. 

The DNC's apology to Sanders read: 

"On behalf of everyone at the DNC, we want to offer a deep and sincere apology to Senator Sanders, his supporters, and the entire Democratic Party for the inexcusable remarks made over email. These comments do not reflect the values of the DNC or our steadfast commitment to neutrality during the nominating process. The DNC does not and will not tolerate disrespectful language exhibited toward our candidates. Individual staffers have also rightfully apologized for their comments, and the DNC is taking appropriate action to ensure it never happens again.

"We are embarking on a convention today that thanks to the great efforts of Secretary Clinton, her team, Senator Sanders, his team, and the entire Democratic Party will show a forward-thinking and optimistic vision for America, as compared to the dark and pessimistic vision that the GOP presented last week in Cleveland. Our focus is on electing Hillary Clinton, Tim Kaine and Democrats across the country, thanks to Democratic Party that is strong, unified, and poised for victory in November."

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump seized on the controversy Monday and blasted Wasserman Schultz's  management of the primary process. 

While speaking at a campaign event in Roanoke, Virginia, he suggested Wasserman Schultz had intentionally undermined Sanders's campaign against Hillary Clinton early on. 

Sanders tried to cool anger among his supporters Monday. 

"I ask you as a personal courtesy to me to not engage in any kind of protest on the floor. It's of utmost importance you explain this to your delegations," Sanders said in a text to his floor supporters, according to CNN. 

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